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Sweet Surprise


Tuesday (4/12):

7 Miles General Aerobic (‘Hood, 52:08, 7:27 Pace)

8.6 Miles Easy Bike (P1, L4, 30:00, 17.2 mph)

On one of my work efforts another co-worker is running the Boston Marathon for the first time as well! We keep so busy that we rarely get time  to talk running, but we have managed to have a few chats about the upcoming race. The project manager on the effort is also a runner and she brought in the sweetest surprise to our meeting today. Boston Marathon themed cookies! How awesome is that?!

That is just too cute! I ate a BAA one, hopefully it adds to the mojo!




Sunday (4/10):

1 Mile Warm Up (11:21)

13.1 Mile Race (Go! St. Louis Half Marathon, Hot and Windy – 74 degrees, 15-19mph winds, 1:41:10, 7:44 Pace)

8 Miles Bike (Easy, 43:43, 10.98 mph)

Monday (4/11):

3.15 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 27:59, 8:54 Pace)

Today we headed back home and I need to get my focus on the upcoming Boston Marathon! My friend Jo knew how to get me excited and re-focused on what’s to come with this amazing present! She dubbed it the Mojo Box, a little bit of the things that Jo and I both love to take with me on the trip and to get me race ready. She really out did herself and this thing was heavy! Jo had thought of everything and even went the extra mile and included so many inspirational quotes, I was in tears just going though everything. It was a like a shot in the arm of awesomeness! Thank you so much Jo!!

It was all arranged so nicely and I tore into it and put everything back so let me break down what was in the Mojo Box.

A very sweet card, tons of inspirational quotes, Subway and Starbucks gift cards. I will read these quotes every day up to the race and will use them as book marks in the running books I’m reading so I have them handy at all times.

Speaking of books, I now have a wealth of Boston info on hand!

Snacks for the road, minus one bag, Rob already snagged one before I even got a picture. 🙂

For the tummy.

Gus, CarbBooms, FRS chews, Sports Beans and water and Gatorade for hydration.

And my favorite socks, Swiftwicks!! Jo got these from Often Running and said they were from Mitch (Store and Race Team Manager).

An awesome new headband.

Light reading and Shout Wipes cause I’m a spiller. 🙂

And to pretty my toes that need it so badly. I’m going to bust this out pronto!

And a little sugar. Jo even called Rob days earlier to find out what flavor would be best. She got me apple pie flavored candy apple and a dark chocolate turtle – perfect choice!! 🙂

This gift and getting to chat with Jo got my mind off of the disappointing races and back into Boston mode. Thank you Jo!!!! 😀


2011 Go! St. Louis – Half Marathon – 1:41:10

One word for this race: WARM!!!

Races lately haven’t been going my way and today was no exception. We woke up to it being 74 degrees at 6am, not even close to ideal for racing. We met up with Drew and got to the start area with no problem. We ran into Brian, who recognized us from the blog at the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon last week. It’s amazing how in a sea of people you can run into someone you know. After a warm up we fought the crowds to get to the start line. A woman I met at the IWU track meet was there and we said hi and we chatted for a bit after the race. She is super fast and so nice.

I was so happy that I had finally a good week of no stomach issues. I felt great and I was excited to run so I went out in hopes of a PR when I should have adjusted my expectations to meet the hot conditions and just stuck to marathon pace the whole way. Within 5 Miles of running in the baking sun, I wilted and my pace backed off turning it into just a training run in terrible heat. I was burning up hot so badly that by Mile 8  I was getting three cups of water at the water stops. I was well hydrated for this race, but the heat was way too killer and sapped my energy.

I’m not excited about my time, but I wasn’t upset like the last race. Our last race was perfect conditions and I physically couldn’t perform. This race was awful conditions and I couldn’t perform, so I’m forced to accept it as another run. Between winds, stomach issues, and heat, I can tell you that I’m ready to have a good race. It’s been so long that I’ve raced well that I’m forgetting what that feels like. At this point it feels like I just  run around and take what comes that day. I guess it’s forcing me to enjoy fitness for fitness sake and just appreciate what I can do. At the core of it all I love running and no matter how crappy the race is for me I will keep going, even if it’s a slower pace than I want. I will never stop doing what I love.

Something cool that was at the end of the race was a Michelob Ultra tent with touch screens where you could login to your facebook account, take a picture right there and upload it, too cool! Here is our goofy pic as we tried to figure out this thing.

Drew had a melty race as well, but now he has his second half marathon down.

Here is a picture of the medal.

My time was 1:41:10. Rob came in at 1:35:33!



7:44 Pace

F 30-34: 11/1,201

F: 49/7,086

Overall: 340/11,534

Afterward it was on to some Pappy’s Smokehouse!! 😀

After some rest and shopping I hit the hotel gym for a light recovery workout on the bike. I suck at self-portraits. 🙂 It felt good to just pedal lightly and shake out the day’s race.




Saturday (4/2):

13.1 Miles Race (Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, bad stomach, had to stop, 1:40:15, 7:36 Pace, 2nd AG)

Sunday (4/3):

17 Miles Long (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +6% Incline, 2:08:07, 7:33 Pace)

7.9 Miles Bike (P3, L4, 30:00, 15.8 mph)

Monday (4/4):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +4% Incline, 51:27, 8:35 Pace)

7.7 Miles Bike (P5, L5, 30:00, 15.4 mph)

Tuesday (4/5):


Wednesday (4/6):

7.5 Miles Easy (RTW Group Run, Lake Bloomington, 1:18:06, 10:23 Pace)

Thursday (4/7):

8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, Boston Marathon Course, -3% – +3.5% Incline, 1:03:42, 7:58 Pace)

Friday (4/8):

4.1 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 34:45, 8:29 Pace)

45 Mins Yoga

Saturday (4/9):

4.1 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 34:23, 8:24 Pace)

2.75 Miles Easy (Gateway Arch, 26:18, 9:34 Pace)

Today we headed to St. Louis to run the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. Coco enjoyed the ride in the new car.

We met up with Drew and his friend Tony to get our Expo on.

There was a small Brooks trailer outside of the Expo, and we got Drew’s picture with the infamous Walk on Water Jesus Lizard.

The Go! St. Louis shirts are bright green this year!

We sported these on an easy run by the Gateway Arch after dinner. Now off to rest up for the race!


2011 Lincoln Presidential – Half Marathon – 1:40:15

The Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon is held in Springfield, IL and winds through many historic locations. The course is mostly flat, but then has some hills around mile 9 and then levels out to flat again.

We had perfect race weather, 50ish degrees, the sun was out and there was a light breeze. This was our first time running this race. It was logistically easy to find and the finisher’s medals are giant pennys! When we got to the start line I found out that my Garmin was dead, not good! I had charged it and thrown it into my bag for Ride the Wave. It’s possible the button got bumped and the battery drained. I should have looked at it the night before. I won’t make that mistake again! It was very frustrating, I would have no clue if I was on pace at all. It was not going to help me set a PR. I felt great though so I hoped to just run by effort and see if I could PR with no data. Little did I know that my Garmin not working was foreshadowing the events that would unfold.

We head out and our friend Rossi and I run together for the first few miles while he warms up. By mile 4 things take a turn. I get a terrible and familiar stomach cramp. Seriously?! My stomach has been cooperating lately and now this?! I am stubborn and refuse to entertain that I will need to make a potty stop and forego an opportunity at mile 6. I don’t feel like I can guarantee that stopping now that magic will happen. I tell myself, just 7 miles to go and then you can take care of business. By mile 8 I know my pace is slow and I have to go. I spot a porta-potty, but it’s by a water stop and this line of young girls is handing out water. They squeal because I’m a female and shout things like “go girl!” and many of them said “oh, I love your arm bands!” I couldn’t stop there! I didn’t want to say “thanks” and then run to the potty behind them. So I trek forward hoping that another stop will come soon or that my stomach would settle down. Up and down the hills, no potty in sight, through a cemetary….nothing. Now I’m in a very sickly and painful state. I am mad at myself for not taking the opportunity at mile 8 because I have no guarantee another chance will come. This race does not have potty stops at every water stop. After mile 10 I finally find a porta-potty and was there for what felt like 5 minutes, it was a long while. All I could think was that I’m lucky I don’t have my watch working so I have to witness how much time I’ve lost. When I finally get back on the course I feel dry, sick and puney.

I tried to put on a brave face and smile for the cameras I saw on the course, but this picture shows how I was really feeling.

I take off with the energy I have and try to at least get some time back. I know the clock won’t be good: 1:40:15



7:36 Pace

F 30-34: 2/94

F: 20/580

Overall: 143/1,179

My time still put me in 2nd place for my Age Group. I wasn’t feeling well and had to go home so I’m not sure if there was an award given out.

Rob PRed with a 1:29:07!!! 😀

The sweet Lincoln Penny Finisher’s Medal.

Afterward I was upset. I’m sick of having tummy troubles while racing. It doesn’t even feel like racing since my legs never get worked, only my stomach. I will be exploring new solutions to this issue and will let you know if I find anything that works.

Something cool that happend before we left the race was that we were recognized by someone because of the blog! His name was Brian and he said “hey I know you guys” and introduced himself. It sounded like he had a great race and will also be at St. Louis. I’m so glad he said something. It was nice to meet someone who had liked my previous posts about Go! St. Louis Half Marathon. Brian, congrats on a great race and good luck in St. Louis!